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Shadow Academy: if I was given $100,000 of equipment and a desert island.

Shadow Academy – Shadow Academy

Shadow Academy is a new prog project from Dan Avidan and Jim Roach. The band have released the track The Other Side with the track written by Dan Avidan, Jim Roach, and Eric Kilian

Animation by Simon Macko

Credits: Produced and Engineered by Jim Roach

Additional Engineering by Jerik Centeno

Mastered by Justin Schturtz at Sterling Sound

Recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX and Santa Monica Recordings in Los Angeles.

Performance:

Dan Avidan – Vocals / Lyrics

Jim Roach – Bass / Guitars / Synths / Piano / Vocals

Nate Van Der Pol – Drums

Lyrics:

Guardian angel

Out in a land of ash and snow

Here are the faithful (The overthrown)

The overthrown

The overflow

Guardian angel

Give me your hand, that I may know

What have I been saved for?

Help me know just where to go

Now that my guiding light is low

Do I fight, or do I crystallize?

Do I crystallize?

Don’t start praying for the other side

You know there’s no use trying to rush that violence

We freeze like rabbits in the hills and sky

And a whole world open with eyes like diamonds

Fixed on the promise of horizon lines

While the owl is our seeker who flies in silence

Guardian angel (Guardian angel)

Whisper the names gone long ago

My vanishing saviours (Who rose alone)

Who rose alone, and cast no stone

Now that I’m lighting my shadow

Do I fight, or do I crystallize?

Do I crystallize?

Don’t start praying for the other side

You know there’s no use trying to rush that violence

We freeze like rabbits in the hills and sky

And a whole world open with eyes like diamonds

Fixed on the promise of horizon lines

While the owl is our seeker who flies in silence

Blessed are the meek who shout ourselves alive

With only one second, but it’s always timeless

Shadow Academy have released an unexpected animated clip to accompany their atmospheric album track, The Other Side – taken from their self-titled debut album, which is out now.

The duo – comprising Ninja Sex Party’s Dan Avidan and producer Jim Roach – was born during the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic and the album, Shadow Academy, has its roots in classical literature as well as Avidan’s passion for Rush.

Says Avidan, «This video wasn’t part of our original plans, but ended up happening because our animator [Simon Macko] called me late one night to say how he couldn’t sleep because he had been listening to The Other Side and had all these amazing images running through his head. Jim and I figured that if Simon was that inspired, we should let him run with it and see what he’d create. I’m so glad we did. The video is incredible! ».

Shadow Academy released their debut single, the Moby Dick-inspired White Whale, in February 2022 and are currently working on new material for a second album.

Says Roach of the ongoing collaboration, « This is the music I would make if I was given $100,000 of equipment and a desert island. If I could do this all the time, it would be great!». The track Once And Never More,

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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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